Pianist: Stephen Attard
Stephen Attard’s musical career began in the damp corridors of a Dominican nunnery just across the road from his home. Czerny exercises and Mozart minutes were obvious starting points, supplemented by Bertini studies and odd lively waltzes. At age 10, Stephen’s musical exigencies led him to start reading the long road to Malta where for 10 successive years, he received tuition in pianoforte performing and music appreciation obtaining ATCL, LRSM and FTCL in due course. In 1985, he enrolled in a B.Ed (Hons) course at Tal-Qroqq specializing in Italian and Early & Middle Years. In 1988, he was one of the first teachers at the Gozo School of Music where he still teaches pianoforte performing.
Attard has a knack for composition and a keen interest in literature, having obtained Ordinary-Level Certificates in Maltese, English, Italian, Arabic and Latin, and Advanced-Levels in Maltese, English and Italian. He set to music works of Gozitan writers such as Mary Meylak, Anton Buttigieg, Joe W. Psaila, Charles Bezzina, Joe Meilak, Ganni Cremona, Effie Masini and Emanuel Cordina. He was instrumental in the setting-up of the Gozo School of Music magazine The Buzz of which he is the Executive Director. He composed the music for 2 musicals; one of which he is re-working and hopes to stage soon and another one of which he is writing both music and lyrics.
He has to his credit a notable ‘corpus’ of church music; his 2 main works being Quddiesa Madonna Ta’ Pinu dedicated to his mentor Fr. Paul Chetcuti S.J. and premiered by the Gaulitanus Choir some years ago, and Quddiesa f’Gieh Prof. Guze Aquilina which he has not terminated yet. He composed band marches which were played respectively by the two Victoria band clubs.
Stephen is indebted for his musical formation primarily to his parents, to his brother Colin and to his uncle, Prof. Joseph Vella.
Stephen is the current Director and founder of Fundazzjoni Arti u Fidi (FAF), a local NGO which tries to synthesize faith and culture. He likes to gaze thankfully at Creation spending most of his free time sipping coffee at the San Frangisk whereabouts or delving into the unfathomable depths of his subconscious by sleeping profusely.